Next Gen Blue Cup Review and Waratahs U15s Squad Revealed

Mon, Oct 9, 2023, 12:41 AM
Waratahs Media
by Waratahs Media

On the 30-31st of September, five teams fought till the end at the NSW U15 Next Gen Cup to secure a place in the NSW Waratahs Under 15s squad. While Team Ella were the victors of the 2023 U15 Next Gen Cup, 26 boys across the five teams were selected for the 2023 NSW Under 15s squad. A wide range of schoolboys with different rugby journeys were selected, again paving a successful NSW Rugby pathway for 2023. 

See below for a recap of the U15 Next Gen Day 1 and 2 with results, scores and tables, alongside selection for the NSW U15s squad. 


Day 1 – U15 Next Gen:

In Game 1Team Waugh took the lead over Team Baxter with a 26-15 score. Lisitoa Para was on fire scoring a double, followed with Samuel Sorovi and Elijah-Blair Maile. Callum Spooner and Samuela Sorovi converted the tries. Team Baxter tried to bounce back with Moses Lewadromodromo and Julian Tongia diving to the try lines and conversions by Saxon Gaw. Jarryd King also scored a penalty goal but Team Waugh remained on top.

In Game 2Team Gavin showed their flair with 2 tries to 1 over Team Ella. While Leo Stipe Latu scored a try for Team Ella, Hamish Bill and Aston Weir dived over the line for Team Gavin with Xavier Ryan converting the try. 

In Game 3Team Waugh maintained their dominance with a 26-5 score over the U14 Gen Blue Team. Henry Gardiner, Anwar El-Kurdi and Charlie Tanner scored tries with Callum Spooner converting. Samuela Sorovi also had a field day as he barged through the try line and converted it for Team Waugh. Izak Holmes managed to score a try for the U14 Gen Blue Team

Team Ella bounced back with a 35-17 victory over Team Baxter in Game 4. Max Prykiel scored a double with Ed Bryant, Leo Stripe Latu and Darcy Feltham scoring too. Ed Bryant converted. For Team Baxter, Iliyaz Viliamu, Jarryd King and Tyrese Pitovao scored tries with Cooper Moore converting one try.

Game 5 was a nail biter with the U14 Gen Blue Team defeating Team Gavin 21-19. While Cruz McGuinness and Jeremy Rath scored a try with Rath and Xavier Ryan converting, U14 Gen Blue came on top with Isaac Street, Finn Hannon, Eduardo Garcia-Wood diving over the line. Wilson Ruthven converted two tries and Asher Chapman converted one for U14 Gen Blue.


Table after Day 1:

Team Waugh – 10 points

Team Ella – 7 points

Team Gavin – 6 points

U14 Gen Blue – 5 points

Team Baxter – 2 points



Day 2 – U15 Next Gen:

Day 2 began with Team Ella and Team Waugh with a successful Team Ella again coming on top with a 14-10 final score. Tries were awarded by Leo Stripe Latu and Chris Moala with conversions by Jack Kalms and Max Prykiel representingTeam Ella. Paul Teisina scored for Team Waugh with a conversion by Samuel Sorovi and Callum Spooner slotting through a penalty goal. 

In Game 7Team Baxter bounced back from Day 1 with a dominant victory over the U14 Next Gen Team, 26-10. While Kaiasi Talaki and Ephrium Tone scored tries for the U14’s, Baxter was too strong with tries and conversions. Tries were by Moses Lewadromodromo, Oliver Smith, Alexander Ryan and Sonny Colella. Cooper Moore was on fire with his 3 conversions. 

Team Gavin also had a dominant win over Team Waugh, 26-7 in Game 8. Luke Niulala scored a double with Isaia Sheck and Hamish Bull pulling through. Talen Risati had a field day with scoring three conversions. Henry Gardiner scored a try with a conversion by Samuela Sorovi for Team Waugh.

In Game 9Team Ella established their dominance yet again with a strong 48-7 victory over the U14 Next Gen TeamTeam Ella’s tries were by Ed Bryant, Phoenix Johns, Leo Stripe Latu, Sam Polley, Kordell Pritchard, Jack Kalms, Ewan Moody and Chris Moala. Ed Bryant had 3 successful conversions and Max Prykiel also converted a try. Archie Hartman scored a try for the U14s side with Wilson Ruthven converting it.

The day ended with a nail-biter match between Team Baxter and Team GavinTeam Baxter came on top with a 12-7 win over Team Gavin. Flynn Farrell and Jarryd King scored for the victorious team with Cooper Moore converting a try. Puatonga Olivetti added some fuel to the fire and scored a try with Talen Risati converting it for Team Gavin.


Final Table Points:

Team Ella – 16 points Team Gavin – 13 points

Team Waugh – 13 points

Team Baxter – 11 points

U14 Next Gen – 7 points






Illiyaz Viliamu (Newington College / Randwick Warriors)

Hasani Bloomfield (Oakhill College / Hills Junior Rugby Club)

Lisitoa Paea (St Edwards College, Gosford / Avoca Sharks)

Isaiah Sheck (Newington College / Randwick Warriors)



Strantz Schaumkel (The Hills Sports High School / Blacktown Scorpions)

Roman Leilua (Corpus Christi Maroubra / Randwick Warriors)



Tahj Smith (Carlingford High School / Eastwood Rugby)

Hamish Bull (The Scots College / Wagga Crows)

Duke Millward (The Kings School / Western Raptors)

Lucas Broderick (Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School)


Loose Forwards: 

Beau McKee (Narrabeen Sports High School / Manly Savers)

Samuel Polley (Oakhill College / Blacktown Scorpions)

Connor Durbridge (The Kings School / Ryde Rugby Club)

Luke Niulala (Trinity Grammar School / Drummoyne Dirty Reds)

Toby Davies (The Kings School / Lindfield Juniors)



Flynn Farrell (Oakhill College / Blacktown Scorpions)

Jeremy Rath (Barker College / Lindfield Juniors)

Callum Spooner (Oakhill College / Hills Junior Rugby)


Inside Backs:

Cyrus Bloomfield (Oakhill College / Dural Junior Rugby Club)

Phoenix Johns (Kiama High School / Kiama Junior Rugby)

Paula Teisina (Waverley College)


Outside Backs:

Jarryd King (Newington College / Randwick Warriors)

Samuela Sorovi (Marsden High School / Ryde Rugby Club)

Darcy Feltham (Oakhill College / Hills Junior Rugby)


Utility Backs:

Talen Risati (The Kings School / Dural Junior Rugby Club)

Nick Wendt (Shore School / Norths Pirates)


NSW Gen Blue U15s will face the Queensland Reds U15s squad in a Two Match Series.  Their first game is on the 15thof October – this will be a Triple Header with the U16s and U19s squads.

  • NSW Gen Blue U15s v Queensland Reds U15s, Sunday 15 October, Forshaw Rugby Park, 11.25AM AEST Kick Off. 
  • NSW Gen Blue U15s v Queensland Reds U15s, Saturday 21 October in Brisbane.